November theme day: Landmark


Choosing just one landmark in a city filled with so much history was really hard! Since this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I thought a visit to the East Side Gallery would be appropriate. This particular work is one of my favorites, it's by Russian artist Dmitri Vrubel and shows Breshnev (the Soviet leader) and Honecker (the East German leader) kissing. The kiss really happened in 1979 when the two communist leaders were at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Hope you like it too!

A new month has begun, I'm taking part in the CDP Theme Day for November. You will find other landmarks from around the world here.

28 comments:

  1. I remember this mural from my sisters photos when she visited Berlin. It's quite the sight. Berlin is such a great city. Visiting you from City Daily Photo today.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. The fall of the Berlin Wall was an exciting time in history. I never knew the two leaders kissed in made up. That sends a message that is loud and clear.

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  3. Great choice, very meaningful landmark.

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  4. Interesting how certain images become iconic.

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  5. i've been reading quite a bit about the wall this week and last night just finished "Behind the Wall" published in the Nov 3rd issue of The New Yorker. It helps me recall the era and our own visit to East Germany years ago. I was still teaching when the wall came down; my school had an assembly to discuss the situation and I read "The Mending Wall" by Robert Frost. I have the feeling that many of today's posts will contain monuments about politics and war. If only peace would reign upon this earth! Great post for today!!

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  6. More a landslide I think. Great shot and reminder.

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  7. Brezhnev and Honekker were on the "same side", so it was hardly a make-up kiss. I wonder what it was about, really? The tags are most unfortunate. Good choice ...

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    1. It was a celebration of 30 years of communist block rule. I think it was really meant to be a cheek kiss, but someone didn't turn quick enough and got the full lips. THe picture was in all the newspapers at the time.

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  8. It was really another century, another millennium...

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  9. I've never seen this image before. The wall certainly qualifies as a landmark in your city. Excellent choice.

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  10. This is a bit uncomfortable to view given their history. Look away...

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  11. Is it really 25 years? Seems like yesterday. Interesting times, nice photo.

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  12. Terrific choice! 25 years.... I was a kid when it happened, but I remember the fall of the wall on the news.

    We've got a section of the wall here.

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  13. Great choice, so fascinating.

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  14. That's a great twist on history, and certainly an appropriate landmark. Good choice!

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  15. This section of the wall is continuously repainted, isn't it? This image wasn't there when I visited.

    I wonder what the difference in the skin tones means.

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  16. A well known and sad landmark, Halcyon, full of history.

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  17. Chossing one landmark would be very difficult in Berlin but I think you chose a great one!

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  18. Definitely a good picture for Theme Day!

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  19. Fabulous!! I read your explanation in the comments. What a hoot. Is there any record of either leader leaving to gargle?

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  20. With needful post.
    I love the Gallery but this one just has to be best.

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